Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for peace. Help leaders to recognize that peace isn’t a destination – something to be obtained if the circumstances work out that way. No, instead, help leaders and their people, to see that peace is a way of life, decision. It is not an easy decision, nor any easy road to follow. There will be plenty opportunities to put peace aside in favor of violence, war, division, revenge, and judgement. Yet, help us to set those easy paths aside. They all lead to the same result – death. Give us the courage to choose peace. Give leaders wisdom to choose peace for their people. Radically reorient those who choose a more violent path so that swords may be beaten into ploughshares. Amen.
Prayer for March 17: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we thank you for the example of St. Patrick, who carried your Word to Ireland. Implant your word in us that we may carry it in our words and deeds to all we meet on this day and every day, where ever we may be. Amen.
Prayer for March 15: Please pray with me. Long ago, it was written for a certain leader to beware the Ides of March. And death came. Why oh Lord, do we strive for power – to obtain it, to keep it from others, to use it to the detriment of others. Hoarding power leads to fights and ultimately death. Forgive us when we seek power and our own kingdom as opposed to seeking your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for February 27. Please pray with me. God who is very patient, grant us patience in the days ahead. So often we are anxious and distracted by news, work, politics, fighting, war, disaster, injustice, financial matters, addictions, and more. Empower us with your patience so that we can face the challenges in our life with a sense of peace. Amen.
Prayer for February 22: Please pray with me. God who brings order out of chaos, touch our land and our leaders in ways that calm the anxiety our world suffers from. Help leaders to know that peace comes through daily attention to peace. Give wisdom to our leaders so that they may implement policies that care for the least among us. Amen.
Prayer for December 21: Please pray with me. God who is, today we pray that you would help us to see that our politics are not your politics, that your ways are much higher than our ways. Help us to see that our divisions and loyalties to party and ideology and right thinking cause untold problems, pain, division, and destruction. Remind us, slap us if you must – that in you there are no divisions, all are one in Christ. Amen.
Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. Sovereign God, today we pray that we would recognize that our hope and salvation resides in you, as it always has, and always will. Forgive us when we willingly make people, nations, parties, policies, being right, and an assortment of other things into idols and place them above you. Turn us away from these idols so that we can live what you call us to be and to do – to worship you and to love our neighbors. Amen.